|4/27/2012 12:51:00 PM|
Regis bids farewell to high-achieving class
STAYTON — Among Regis High School’s senior class of 37 are two seniors who this year earned public recognition.
Becca Tabor is the school’s valedictorian, having earned a 3.94 grade point average over four years. She was named a Statesman Journal Academic All-Star for 2012. Tabor says she's been inspired to leadership by her mother's ingenuity, positive leadership, church involvement and graceful handling of everyday tasks.
“My mom is an incredible leader and her influence has shaped the leader I am today,” she says. Tabor looks forward to college at either University of Portland or University of Oregon.
Regis’s salutatorian, Erin Marshall, was selected as the Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce’s “Future First Citizen” this spring. Marshall volunteered last summer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She is an active participant in the Stayton area Relay for Life and plans to pursue a career in pediatric oncology. Marshall has been accepted to the University of Portland and Western Oregon State University. She finds motivation in advice she was given early on, “Do not let what you can’t do get in the way of what you can do.”
Tabor and Marshall participated in the Regis drama program, led by drama director Anna Boedigheimer. “I have seen theater transform even the most reserved student," Boedigheimer says. "For this class, a spark of enthusiasm from a single student gave others the confidence to give theatre a chance. The sentiment expressed by Erin Marshall that she wished she had participated sooner in her high school career, was shared by several other seniors, which proves there is something for everyone, on and off the stage."
Nearly half the senior class participated in the school’s recent “Willy Wonka” production, which included more than 70 actors and production staff.
Regis seniors contributed more than 3,700 community service hours during their high school career. In addition, several senior girls were members of the school’s basketball team, which is on a three-year state champion winning streak.
Principal Joni Gilles summed up the class like this: “The Regis graduating class of 2012 is an outstanding group of young men and women. Look out world, here they come."
A Baccalaureate Mass is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton. Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the school.
Members of the National Honor Society are Claire Larson, Paul Bentz, Kathleen Gormley, Kasse Keudell, Kendra Lulay, Erin Marshall, Emily Odenthal, Rebecca Tabor.
Here are the graduates: Katelyn Adams, Claire Larson, Michael Beitel, Paul Bentz, Rachael Borschowa, Melissa Bunde, Kevin Butler, Xiangyu-Amy Chen, Yuqiu Du, Martin Duracka, Jaclyn Fessler, Ryan Gescher, Kathleen Gormley, Kenneth Haener, Zipei Liam Jiang, George Karakey IV, Whitney Koehnke, Kasse Keudell, Jacob Lulay, Kendra Lulay, Robert Lulay, Chase McGill, Erin Marshall, Julie May, Emily Odenthal, Eric Olheiser, Justin Parker, Samantha Reynolds, Kayla Roush, Zachary Sherman, Austin Silbernagel, Rebecca Tabor, Kylie Tessier, Kyla Toepfer, Michael Usselman, Jordan Walling, Cameron Westenhouse